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Tooth-friendly gels?


Lach's picture

By Lach - Posted on 05 December 2013

NB: Originally posted elsewhere on the Global Riders Network and appears via syndication.

This week I managed to lose a front tooth trying to tear open a Gu with my front teeth while riding Sad - a process that I have done many times before, without any negative teeth impact.
For context, it was a dead tooth (root canal work a couple of decades ago) and I'm at an age where my teeth are starting deteriorate around the many fillings I had as a result of growing up before they put fluoride in our drinking water.
I've only ever used Gu as it sits OK on my stomach and I like the chocolate flavour.
So my question is can anyone recommend a gel that is easy to use "on the go" that doesn't involve the use of a soon-to-be-expensively-replaced front incisor?

DudeistPriest's picture

You can get GU in jubes, I think they are called GU Chomps, give them a go.

Discodan's picture

Unfortunately the GU chomps are even harder to open than the Gels

MrSarcastic's picture

Get a gel flask. They are a bit like a small water bottle. You can fit upto 3 gels into the one flask.
http://www.pushys.com.au/endura-sports-gel-flask...

Also for another option watch this video:


http://youtu.be/xX7fZixhLFA

DudeistPriest's picture

Yes but you can open them before a ride and keep them in something easy to open

Lach's picture

.. I think the tape option will be the way to go for races. For other occasions I might just try "stopping and eating" Eye-wink Although a bit of training for both the stomach and the hands in eating on the run doesn't go astray in the lead-up to a race.
BTW I haven't been spitting the tabs out - they go back into the pocket. But I did manage to spit the tooth out when I took the gel out wondering why the tab wasn't coming off.... Only found half of it.

stephen's picture

What I do is work out how many GU chomps I'll need for a race and then fill my jersey pocket with them. They are so easy to grab 2 at a time and down them, you'd be surprised how easy they separate with a glove on.

They very rarely get contaminated, sometimes I might get a bit of sand on them but who cares it's quick and works, just don't bite down too hard or we go back to the tooth issue again. I have thought of lining the pocket with a foam cup or something to prevent sweat but it really doesn't seem to be an issue.

Negative is that they are expensive here. $5.50 a pack is about the going rate here on a good day. I buy them by the box's in the US at less than $1.30 a pack and I have family bring them over when they visit.

Lach's picture

.. do they make them in chocolate outrage???

Scottboy's picture

Cant you pen them with your fingers while riding no hands on the firetrails ? Or I think endora make the squeeze tubes you can empty the gels in there before the race starts and wash out when you are finished each ride at night ...

Brian's picture

I tape them to the bike Eye-wink

Gel Anyone

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